YA Indie Carnival ~ My Indie Idol

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I'm moving in a few days, so I need to keep it simple this week. (Don't worry, wonderful readers, I'm working on Forever while boxing stuff up! I hope to give you a release date very soon.)

One of my indie idols is definitely John Locke. My husband purchased his book “How I sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!”



I’ve been trying to do what he suggests, and one of those things is get lots of books out. I have three out now, and I have several more in the works. Of course this move isn’t helping my writing schedule much. Anyway, I was delighted when he started following me on Twitter the other day. Maybe many of you don’t know who he is, but for me it was like having a celebrity notice you! On his Twitter account he says, "I'm John Locke, the private investor and crime fiction writer, not the guy on Lost!" Hmm, now you'll know I never watched Lost because I know who John Locke the writer is, and not the guy on Lost.

I recommend his book for writers, and he just posted a great blog post for self-published authors...

“The world makes it hard enough for you to be successful, so you’re not going to see me piling on the negativity! Let others talk about the mountains. I’ll show you where the tunnels are! Others can talk about the raging rivers, I’ll point you toward the bridges! Yes, there are roadblocks in the land of self-publishing, but there are super highways, too.”~ John Locke

To read the whole thing, go here. www.lethalbooks.com

I have been disappointed with my US sales during the summer, but my UK sales have picked up. I don’t understand why. Even so, my sales have been great enough that I’m not going to lower my expectations. Going indie is still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I recently joined YA Indie Carnival and I'm really enjoying it. I'm linked in with a bunch of really great people. If you're looking for some entertaining YA reading, please check out any one of these blogs:

The Fuji Mermaid Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews
Leopard Girl Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels.
Fire Breather Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
The Magician Wren Emerson Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Strong Woman Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in the Glassheart Chronicles.
Champion Sword Swallower Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Snake Charmer Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
Pretzel Woman Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms.
The Giant T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross.
Woman With A Song That Hypnotizes Cyndi Tefft Author of Between
Jungle Woman P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis.
Shape Shifter Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Tarot Card Reader Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Fortune Teller Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Knife Thrower Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, Forever, and Fair Maiden
Elephant Trainer Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Ring-Leader Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Prestidigitator J.L. Bryan Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death
Death Defying Darby Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising
T. R. Graves said...

Interestingly enough, I purchased the book about a month ago and have not had any time to read it. I'll try to do just that. Thanks.

Dani @ Refracted Light said...

Very cool! It is exciting when your favorite celebrities notice you, isn't it? lol. And what a great book recommendation for other Indies. About the book sales, I've heard rumors that Indie book sales have slow all over. Hopefully now that that cold weather's approaching more people will be likely to curl up with a good book and numbers will climb for you guys. ;)

Ron Smith said...

Cool. I'll have to check out YA Indie Carnival.

Good luck with your latest work!